Holly Archer and Andrew Heyes ran the fastest parkrun times in the UK this week (7th August).

GB international Holly Archer was our fastest female this weekend. The European Indoor Champs Silver medalist enjoyed a good burn-up with a club mate at Storey’s Field parkrun. 16:20 is a new parkrun best, and not a million miles away from Archer’s 5k best of 15:52 set at Podium 5k last year.

2:39 marathoner Georgina Schwiening did us a favour by maintaining her second placed position in the rankings. Despite going 20 seconds faster, only a week later, with an excellent 16:32, it wasn’t even good enough for first finisher at the event, let alone the UK rankings!

We guess lining up against a club mate who is a super-fast 1500m international at parkrun is always going to be tough (but great training).

Family fun times at parkrun

It was a family affair at Endcliffe parkrun with Andrew and Lauren Heyes both posting strong outings. Andrew Heyes is reportedly eyeing up the British mountain running trial at Scafell Pike soon, so a 14:48 tune-up shows he’ll likely be one of the first to the top of the hill.

We’re guessing 3rd place Alexander Miell-Ingram is related to our 4th place finisher from last week, Rowan Miell-Ingram. Is it possible his 15:05 at Poole parkrun was motivated by sibling rivalry? Rowan still featured with another strong run of 15:28 for joint 10th with Jordan Howe in York parkrun.

In between the two family rivalries was George Wheeler of the MK Distance Project, who also broke 15 minutes at Milton Keynes parkrun in 14:52. The 14:30 5000m hasn’t raced yet this year, but is clearly in good form and hopefully will get on a start-line soon!

Fastest event?

Three events had two runners in the top 10, with Poole, Storey’s Field and Endcliffe all sharing the honours. Storey’s Field had a 1-2, to Endcliffe’s 1-3, so technically was the fastest this weekend.

Men’s top 10

1) parkrun: Endcliffe
Andrew Heyes, 14:49, Hallamshire Harriers Sheffield AC
2) parkrun: Milton Keynes
George Wheeler, 14:52
3) parkrun: Poole
Alexander Miell-Ingram, 15:05, Radley AC
4) parkrun: Poole
William Richardson, 15:10, Birchfield Harriers
5) parkrun: Bushy
Jake Shelley, 15:16, Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers
6) parkrun: Lincoln
William Strangeway, 15:21, Lincoln Wellington AC
7) parkrun: Stamford Park
David Barrett, 15:26
8=) parkrun: Telford
Jamie Lambie, 15:27, Shrewsbury AC
8=) parkrun: Rushmoor
Kurt Taylor, 15:27, Bristol & West AC
10=) parkrun: Poole
Rowan Miell-Ingram, 15:28, Radley AC
10=) parkrun: York
Jordan Howe, 15:28, York Postal Harriers

Women’s top 10

1) parkrun:  Storey’s Field
Holly Alexandra Archer, 16:20, Cambridge & Coleridge AC
2) parkrun: Storey’s Field
Georgina Schwiening, 16:32, Cambridge & Coleridge AC
3) parkrun: Endcliffe
Lauren Heyes, 16:44, Leigh Harriers & AC
4) parkrun: Long Eaton
Georgina Weston, 17:24, Notts AC
5) parkrun: Minehead 
Elle Twentyman, 17:32
6) parkrun: Telford
Lauren Cooper, 17:33, Shrewsbury AC
7) parkrun: Rothay Park
Scout Adkin, 17:35, Ambleside AC
8) parkrun: Citypark, Craigavon
Caitlyn Harvey, 17:44, Lagan Valley AC
9) parkrun: Penrose
Tamara Beach, 17:45, Les Croupiers RC
10) parkrun: Wilmslow
Jemima Elgood, 17:46

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